Game 71: Orioles at Nats

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Saturday’s lineups

Much has been made of the Nationals’ recent unorthodox batting lineup — and deservedly so. They’re 6-0 with the pitcher batting eighth and Jayson Werth hitting leadoff, including Friday night’s 8-4 win in the first game of the series against the Orioles.

Who knows if that’s the reason for the recent seven-game winning streak but why fiddle with what has worked? Manager Jim Riggleman hasn’t.

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Battle Of The Beltways 6/17 Photo Buffet

(*John Wall of the NBA Washington Wizards throwing out the first pitch)

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7 IN A ROW!

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(This is a sight that never gets old. Screen grab of TV/MASN)

"We dodged a lot of bullets tonight."
(Jim Riggleman, via Washington Post, 6/18/2011)

Break up the Nats!

Nationals 8, Orioles 4: Take that, Angelos! And the good times roll on...seven wins and a row and counting.

.500, here they come!

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Nats seek eighth straight win behind Zimmermann

Both Washington and Baltimore will be hoping for a quality result from a highly touted pitcher in Saturday's middle act, a game that pits Brian Matusz and Jordan Zimmermann against each other.
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Q&A with Nationals GM Rizzo

Q&A with Nationals GM Rizzo
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Red-hot Nats extend win streak to seven

All the Nationals needed Friday was timely hitting and two big Orioles mistakes for their seventh consecutive win -- an 8-4 victory in front of a split crowd of 35,562 -- despite being outhit, 17-8.
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Red-hot Nats extend win streak to seven

All the Nationals needed Friday was timely hitting and two big Orioles mistakes for their seventh consecutive win -- an 8-4 victory in front of a split crowd of 35,562 -- despite being outhit, 17-8.
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At last, results to match performance

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Game 70: 3rd place?

Tonight's post-game: Nats beat Os to win 7th straight.
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via www.fangraphs.com

  • Both been better: Jason Marquis (-14.1%) and Todd Coffey (-19.9%) combine to give up an astonishing 15 hits in 5.2 IP, although it only costs 4 runs. Mind you, Marquis (+13.1% hitting) had a run-scoring bunt-ROE for the Nats' first tally (+16.5%).
  • Steadying up: Sean Burnett (+10.3% pitching, +1.9% hitting) comes on to finish the 6th and get two outs in the 7th, drawing a walk and scoring a run in between.
  • H3r0? It's true: Jerry Hairston (+33.7%) was 3-3 with a walk and a go-ahead RBI double in the 6th (+18.1%).
  • We're not calling these comebacks: Ian Desmond (+18.2%) is 2-3 with a walk, 2 SB, and a go-ahead RBI single in the 5th (+13.8%).

What do these graphs mean?


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